Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Early Childhood Education

First Advisor

Dr. Dalinda Solias

Second Advisor

Dr. Ricardo Perez

Third Advisor

Dr. Victor Alvarado


This was a quasi experimental nonequivalent control group design used with 71 subjects in two Head Start center settings. LAP-D assessment results were also taken in account for the purpose of comparison regarding the dependent variable. The subjects were children 4 and 5 years old who were attending classes in two different Head Start centers. These subjects were students from 2 classrooms from Center One and 2 classrooms from Center Two. In Center One, teachers were trained in the use of scaffolding techniques, whereas in Center Two teachers had no training on scaffolding techniques. An analysis of variance procedure was used. The results indicate that the scaffolding implementation was not effective F (1, 70) = 3.69, p > .05 as implemented. The researcher implemented an observation instrument for data collection on teachers' scaffolding in classrooms while interacting with children. The observations of teachers' scaffolding techniques being used in respective classrooms while interacting with children where done during normal class schedule activities. The findings of the observations indicate that in the treatment center, one teacher used scaffolding to a greater extent than the other teacher while carrying out the treatment. The teachers in the non-treatment center, who were not trained to use scaffolding, yet used it to some extent.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American